Even though there are already two liquor licensees within a block, fears about booze stalled plans to serve beer at DMK Burger and Fish in Evanston Monday night.
At the City Council's Administration and Public Works Committee meeting, Matt Doherty, of 2122A Maple Ave. said, "There's a great deal of concern about having a liquor license issued on Noyes" and claimed most neighbors are opposed to it.
Barbara Janes, of 802 Colfax St., said once the door was opened to beer, "I don't know how you can limit it to just beer."
And, Janes added, if DMK gets a license, "then D&D Dogs and Rolling to Go" -- two other restaurants in the shopping district near the Noyes CTA station -- "will be right behind them."
Alderman Coleen Burrus, 9th Ward, noted that the Noyes Street Cafe serves alcohol and D&D Finer Foods sells beer and wine as a package store.
D&D Finer Foods, behind the D&D Dogs restaurant.
Alderman Judy Fiske, whose 1st Ward includes the north side of the block where DMK is located, said she "doesn't want to make life difficult for restaurant owners" but that she's concerned that the restaurant occupies a very small space and that there've been "continuing concerns about alcohol in the neighborhood."
She and Alderman Delores Holmes, whose ward include the south side of the block, plan to meet with the restaurant owners within the next two weeks to try to answer neighborhood concerns.
DMK's David Morton.
DMK co-owner David Morton said he applied for the liquor license after customers asked if they could have a beer with their burgers.
He said he and his partners own a total of eight restaurants in the metro area. "We're restaurateurs, not barkeepers," Morton said, "The vast majority of our sales are in food."